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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - May 11, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana 143 No 248 MO Kokomo Ind TRIBUNE Wednesday May 50 cents At moon nears a ring of fire The moon coyers most of the sun at At the moon moves Tribune photos by Tim Bath Eclipse watchers have great view Some don special glasses for a safe look Kevin Kuhns a CocaCola Bottling Co data processing special viewing glasses to watch the eclipse at work Tribune photo by Brian Reynolds By TRISHA TURNER Tribune staff writer and The Associated Press Armed with telescopes and protective eye wear about 250 people of all ages converged upon the Indiana University Kokomo Observatory Building Tuesday to get a prime look at the annular eclipse west to see this Club member Jim Barnes of Kokomo who set up his telescope outside the observatory And there were clouds all over down there We were just A line across the earth marking the best view of the eclipse ran right over the Kokomo area But NASA lists the probability of sunny skies which produce the most dramatic effect during an eclipse at 4045 percent in Indiana in May Mother Nature smiled on this area though and tave local viewers of the eclipse all the effects pre icted including a 5degree drop in temperature Television monitors at IUK showed the event as it happened over Kokomo Tuesday and radio station Z93 broadcast live from the site It is pretty exciting said Kokomos Richard Thomas also an astronomy club member who set up a telescope for himself and others at IUK to view the eclipse Some children visiting from area schools searched the sky for Venus which was evident to the north of the sun during the eclipse Others used solarfiltering glasses purchased at IUK to watch 90 percent of the sun disappear just after noon at IUK took photos of the eclipse using project Hundreds of images of the eclipse onto a piece of white cardboard The campus sold out of its Eclipse Shades Monday morning said Linda Ferries IUK director of media relations and publications Pupils at many other schools in the area studied the eclipse and its effects from their own schools as well While students and astronomy buffs gathered at schools and observatories curious business people turned city streets into their viewing galleries Perus Rick Surface stood in front of the Kokomo Tribune office offering use of a welders mask to passersby who wanted to get a safe glimpse Scud missile attack kills 25 in Yemen war Four homes demolished SANA Yemen AP missile hit the northern capital of Sana today killing 25 people an official said and an American diplomat warned that Yemens weekold civil war threatened to become a terrible human disas The Sovietbuilt missile the same type used by Saddam Hus sein against Israel and Saudi Ara bia in the 1991 Gulf War hit the crowded Hassaba neighborhood near an industrial area on the cap itals outskirts The missile struck at about 1 as most resident were asleep demolishing at least four mud andbrick houses The blast threw a mound of rubble mangled metal and corpses of sheep into a chasm cut between two homes Twentyfive people were killed acting Prime Minister Mohammed Saeed al Attar told reporters He did not say how many people were wounded Five missiles have landed in and around Sana since the civil war began last Thursday but none exploded Todays was the first to cause casualties Hundreds of people swarmed to the site to view the damage Some shouted Allahu or God is Others bitterly attacked the south Whats the purpose of this asked Khaled a civil servant who refused to give his last name If they were really strong they would attack the army and not innocent The civil war has eroded hopes for salvaging the 4yearold union between conservative tribal North Yemen and the socialist south The May 1990 union had been popular But the two sides armies were never merged even though an estimated southern troops were deployed in the north and northern troops were sent south Daunting eco nomic problems and a bitter per sonal conflict between the two leaders exacerbated Since war broke out Ali Salem alBeidh the southern leader has said he is willing to enter negotia tions But Lt Gen Ali Abdullah Saleh Yemens president and the northern leader has rejected mediation In Bahrain a official urged the two sides to end the fighting and warned the conflict could turn into a war of casualty estimates so far range from a few hundred to killed and wounded Each side continued to say it had the upper hand in the battles It was difficult to independently assess the claims Former Peoples Dem Flap of Ygmen South Yemen Inside creator of the Cliffprd fye Dog series of visits the County Pub Page 2 Also inside Comics News pf 812 Area native daughter leave Yemen By JULIE McCLURE Tribune local area editor A Carroll County native and her 5yearold daughter were evacuat ed from Sana Yemen last week end on C130 aircraft after Said missiles narrowly missed their apartment complex Jill McCracken and her daughter Kylie were evacuated from the Sana airport Saturday leaving husband and father Mark behind at the Embassy Mark is a telecommunications officer for the State Department and the family had been living in Sana since November When we went over every thing was McCraeken said during an interview in Kokomo Tuesday Then around Thanks giving an American was kid napped and it kind of went on from Numerous carjackings involv ing Americans or pther Western ers were reported and small dis putes developed along the northsouth border in Yemen Hostages were taken and fighting broke out last week According to the Associated Jill and Kylie McCraeken were evacuated from Yemen Tribune photp by Brian Reynolds Press the civil war broke out after months of skirmishing over the slow pace of integrating conserva tive North Yemen and socialist South Yemen The two united four years ago Last weekend the state depart ment told all Americans in Yemen many of them holding dual citizenship to leave For the State Department depen dents the hours before that evacu ation coordinated through the military were harrowing Jill said the State Department dependents were put on alert and advised to stay in their homes in an apartment complex when the fighting began in earnest But at about 9 May 4 powerto the entire capital city went out and the bombing began The bombs included Scud mis siles which Americans learned about during the Persian Gulf War At 5 Thursday we heard a jet fly over and he obviously did something and the antiaircraft fire she said Mark was contacted and told to try to get any communication going to Washington about what was hap pening m the city and the depen dents including Jill and Kylie were sent to a house near by A Scud missile landed very close to the Jill said With all this happening I guess I didnt feel we were in a lot of dan But when the next Scud landed at 2 Friday I just feared for my she said They arent guided and you dont know where they are Jill and her daughter were sit ting in a hallway with doors closed and mattresses lining the hallway They didnt know if it would protect them if a missile struck nearby Kylie slept through the From Thursday to Friday Jill stayed awake as the bombing and antiaircraft fire continued Evacu ation plans were being made as State Department officials asked the Yemen government for a ceasefire to transport the depen dents and any Americans who wanted out a safe passage There was no guarantee we would get a window Jill said On Friday the dependents had been moved to a hotel near the embassy and they left in convoys of buses for the airport On Satur day morning C130s landed at the airport to transport the Americans Mark was in charge of organiz ing the passengers and could only give Jill and Kylie a quick farewelK at the airport I was the first one to board plane with my Jill She now laughs thinking that the ambassadors wife boarded after her which isnt strict state depart ment protocol Seated on jump seats which line C130S Jill and Kylie made the ing journey with one refueling Saudi Arabia and then ferred to a commercial aircraft for a flight to the United States Jill was not feeling well and not eat an offered MRE ready to eat of sliced ham on the C130 but smiled at the of Kylies willingness to try it i Jill talked to her husband Tues7 day morning and he is doing A skeleton crew remains of embassy staff and state ment personnel and they remain for the duration But the dependents were evacuated iai emergency mode they cannot Please see Area PA12 ;